The Sundance Film Festival is cool if you like reporters from Access Hollywood and actors who pretend to hate the paparazzi.
But if you love film and want to support the local industry, the LDS Film Festival is the ticket.
For the ninth year, the January festival will celebrate moving stories told with moving pictures. Last year’s crowd swelled to 7,000.
“I love to bring filmmakers together and to inspire others who say, ‘Next year, I’m going to submit a film,’” says Christian Vuissa, founder. “Having a deadline is a motivating factor. And the festival is a venue to get recognition.”
Hits such as “The Best Two Years,” “Forever Strong” and “Saints and Soldiers” have been screened at previous years of the LDS Film Festival, which is held at the SCERA.
“Last year, we had about a dozen feature films, and most of them ended up coming out on DVD or in theaters,” Christian says. “People get a sneak peek, and there’s always a Q&A afterwards with the filmmakers. It’s a sharing atmosphere.”
Christian’s own films include recent hits such as “Errand of Angels” and “One Good Man.” Now he’s working on a film about Joseph Smith.
For scheduling and ticket information about the Jan. 20-23 event, visit ldsfilmfestival.org.